What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you growing nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...